Environment Canada issues heat warning for Kingston and area

Citing the hot and humid conditions today, Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022, and those expected for Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022, Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Kingston and the area.

Photo by Xavier Coiffic.

The heat warning is specifically in effect for the Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, and Consecon areas.

“Daytime high temperatures reaching near 31 degrees Celsius with humidex values in the upper thirties are expected today and Wednesday,” the statement reads.

“Tonight’s overnight low near 20 degrees Celsius will provide little relief from the heat.”

This comes just hours after Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health issued a heat warning for the South Frontenac region just north of Kingston.

Slightly cooler temperatures are expected by Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022, Environment Canada stated.

“Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and can result in the Air Quality Health Index approaching the high-risk category. Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions,” the national weather agency said.

Environment Canada suggests seeking cool places, such as tree-shaded areas, swimming pools, showers or baths, or air-conditioned locations like public buildings. They also suggest keeping your house cool by using curtains or blinds to block the sunlight.

“Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle,” the heat warning states. “Watch for the symptoms of heat illness: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine.”

According to the KFL&A Public Health, the following are accessible cool-down areas for all members of the public:

Kingston

  • Housing and Social Services Office – City of Kingston – 362 Montreal Street
    • Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
    • 613-549-8888
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch – 130 Johnson Street. 
    • Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 613-549-8888
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Calvin Park Branch – 88 Wright Crescent.
    • Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 613-549-8888
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Isobel Turner Branch – 935 Gardiners Road
    • Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 613-549-8888
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Pittsburgh Branch – 80 Gore Road
    • Tuesday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 613-549-8888
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Rideau Heights Branch – 85 MacCauley Street
    • Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 613-549-8888
  • Artillery Park – 382 Bagot Street
    • Monday to Friday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • 613-546-4291
  • INVISTA Centre – 1350 Gardiners Road
    • Monday to Friday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • 613-544-4442, ext. 1800
  • Housing & Social Services – 362 Montreal St.
    • Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closed from 12 to 1 p.m.
    • Phone: 613-546-2695

Napanee

Stay hydrated, avoid prolonged sun exposure, and reach out to neighbours, friends, and/or family members who may be vulnerable or unaware that a heat warning has been issued to ensure they are informed. Kingstonist will continue to monitor this weather situation and provide updates as more information or helpful tips become available.

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